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7-year-old killed when truck strikes horse-drawn carriage

4 others were injured

FARMINGTON, Mo. - A 7-year-old boy is dead and four others are hospitalized after a horse-drawn carriage carrying a Mennonite family was struck from behind by a pickup truck in Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident happened around 6:45 a.m. Thursday in a remote area of St. Francois County, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Patrol Cpl. Juston Wheetley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the family was on its way to pick blueberries at a farm near the crash site when a truck driven by a 16-year-old struck the rear of the buggy.

The 7-year-old, Mervin Shirk, died at the scene. Two children, ages 10 and 12, were flown to St. Louis Children's Hospital. Two adults in the carriage were also seriously hurt.



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